NYC doctors issue warning on spread of RSV, flu, COVID-19
Local medical experts say that several illnesses are spreading in our city and want to help New Yorkers stay safe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there have been at least 2.8 million flu diagnoses this season. Doctors at Kings County Hospital tell News 12 that they’re seeing many cases of not only the flu, but RSV and COVID-19 as well.
All three of these illnesses have similar symptoms on the surface, but Dr. Youssef says that there are severe RSV symptoms that parents should be on the lookout for.
"In pediatric patients, especially young babies, it does tend to primarily affect the lungs, and it can prevent the baby from breathing too well,” said Youssef. “So, what you want to look out for in those areas is poor feeding… some contractions in the lower spaces when breathing and any sign that you just feel they may need a little help taking some breaths."
RSV’s levels have specifically spiked among younger New Yorkers. While there is no vaccine for RSV available to the public yet, preventative measures such as washing your hands and wearing a mask can help keep RSV at bay.
When dealing with COVID-19, Dr. Youssef says they are preparing for another surge in cases this winter that could potentially be impacted by rising flu cases as well.
Health officials in our city strongly urge New Yorkers to receive their vaccinations for the flu and COVID-19.